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8:15 a.m.: American Hockey League cancels rest of season, Admirals declared champions
American Hockey League president/CEO David Andrews announced Monday that the league’s board of governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The silver lining is that the Milwaukee Admirals are the AHL champions. The Admirals had the league’s best record at 41-14-5-3, good for 91 points. They are considered winners of the AHL, the Western Conference and the Central Division, and stats are considered official.
The AHL announced March 12 it was suspending the season, following the lead of the NHL, and four days later it sent players home because the suspension would last at least until May.
— Ben Steele
7:50 a.m.: Milwaukee County now has more than 4,000 confirmed cases
Milwaukee County reported 4,025 cases of coronavirus Monday morning, which confirms more than 4,000 cases of COVID-19 in the county for the first time. The county had 75 more cases of coronavirus Monday morning.
Four people in the county have died of coronavirus since Sunday morning, bringing the total of COVID-19 related deaths to 219.
County residents in their 30s (664 cases) and 40s (661 cases) account for most coronavirus cases, while people 80 and older account for the most coronavirus deaths.
As of Sunday afternoon the percentage of ICU beds in use went down to 53 percent, while the use of ventilators went up to 28 percent.
— Jordyn Noennig
SUNDAY, MAY 10
7:45 p.m. Urgent need for blood donations as elective surgeries resume
Now that hospitals are beginning to resume surgeries a blood shortage caused by canceled drives during the pandemic has prompted authorities to issue an urgent plea.
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin especially needs O negative blood.
Blood donations dropped as hospitals focused on treating coronavirus patients and dozens of blood drives in March and April were scrapped.
With the state’s safer at home order expected to be lifted this month plus warmer weather coming soon, the number of accidents and traumatic injuries is expected to rise.
“The need has now spiked again, and we seek the generosity of donors to ensure hospitals have the necessary blood products in hand as they resume elective surgery and other essential medical care,” Versiti Chief Medical Officer Tom Abshire said in a statement.
Donors are required to wear masks and should bring their own if they have one. Temperatures of blood donors and staff members are taken and social distancing is practiced at donation centers and community blood drives.
Appointments are strongly encouraged since walk-ins could see wait times. Appointments can be scheduled at versiti.org/Wisconsin or by calling (877) BE-A-HERO.
— Meg Jones
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